Board Approves Resolution Recognizing Pride Month

LOS ANGELES (June 14, 2016) – The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously today on a resolution officially declaring June 2016 as Pride Month. Affirming the District’s goal to provide high-quality instruction in a safe and supportive learning environment, the resolution directed the superintendent and staff “to support lessons and activities that engage students in meaningful learning, research and writing about our LGBTQ students and families.”

Board Member Mónica García, who co-authored the resolution with Board President Steve Zimmer and Board Members Dr. Ref Rodriguez and Mónica Ratliff, emphasized the special significance of the resolution’s timing in the wake of a massacre at a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer (and/or questioning) nightclub in Orlando, Fla. over the weekend.

“We express great sorrow for the pain hate has caused,” Board Member García said. “Our pledge to the victims and their families is that Los Angeles’ children will learn about our country’s value of dignity, respect, and compassion for all.”

Board President Zimmer encouraged solidarity stating, “Today we continue to celebrate, to march, to protest and to mourn with the thousands of people in the street who are proof positive that pride is more powerful than hate, that peace will always prevail over violence and that love can heal even the most painful wounds. We must love each other just a little bit more, hold one another a little tighter and turn toward each other with even more conviction. May the memories of the souls lost supercharge us to work even harder to build a better world for our children and grandchildren.”

“This resolution is not just about acknowledging our LGBTQ family in this District, but also about creating a space of inclusivity, knowledge-awareness and hate depletion,” said Board Member Dr. Rodriguez. "As a District that serves students from the entire spectrum of the LGBTQ community, we have a responsibility to address the daily challenges that our students undergo."

“I am proud to join Board Members García and Dr. Rodriguez and Board President Zimmer as a co-sponsor, reaffirming L.A. Unified’s commitment to supporting policies, practices and curriculum that honor and respect LGBTQ students, staff and their families,” Board Member Ratliff said. “We must not only teach but also model respect, peace, and understanding for the diverse backgrounds of all our students and families, and ensure that our schools are safe spaces for teaching and learning for all.”

Board Member García added that the resolution was important in an educational context.

“Getting to the graduation finish line requires deep reflection to find one’s strength, to explore preferences and the path towards happiness,” she said. “Our district is here to provide to every student, parent, educator, staff and community member the support needed to reach their full potential.”

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